Moving Cultures - Transcultural Encounters

Goethe University Frankfurt

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The Moving Cultures - Transcultural Encounters programme offered by Goethe University Frankfurt operates on the assumption that languages, literatures, media and cultures are not constituted in ethnically self-contained, language-wise homogeneous and territorially delimited regions but rather through cross-border interconnections which arise from migration and contact.

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The Moving Cultures - Transcultural Encounters programme offered by Goethe University Frankfurt is a four language programme of study which deepens the culture and literary-science core competences acquired in an English, Romance language or comparable Bachelor degree programme and connects these with an interdisciplinary perspective on phenomena of cultural contact within the anglophone, francophone and Spanish-speaking world.

The areas of focus of the Master’s degree programme therefore lies on the transcultural processes in history and the present and the associated negotiation strategies in the respective regional and historical context, which manifest themselves in writing, images, sound and other media.

These processes and strategies are moved in the Master’s degree programme Moving Cultures into the centre point of learning through research, as an example, based on concrete transcultural contact zones. 

Programme Structure

A number of contact zones are studied as an example from the following list as part of the  course: 

  • Canada (with the bipolarity of an anglophone and a francophone culture in the context of a multicultural migration society)
  • the Caribbean (with its history and present status deeply affected by hybridity, creolization and culture syncretism)
  • Latin America (with the multi-faceted relationships between Spain and the Latin American countries as well as with other regions, above all North America and Africa, through to the current Latino culture in the USA
  • Africa (with its language diversity, the interaction of “old“ and “new“ diasporas and the Maghreb as a European-African contact zone), 
  • the South Asian diaspora (which connects Asia with North America, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe as well as the Pacific region) 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


Partially taught in English, Partially taught in French, Partially taught in German, Partially taught in Spanish
IELTS or TOEFL needed


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable degree in a similar subject
  • Letter of Motivation (max. 800 words)
  • Proof of English and French or Spain language skills - you have to choose an object language
  • Applicants with an international university entrance qualification and Bachelor's degree must prove sufficient German language skills according to the regulations of the Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH), the German language test for university entrance.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Semester fee: 366.71 EUR


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